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~~October 20, 2019

RE:      Notice of Data Breach

The Affiliated Santé Group recently discovered an incident that may affect the security of your personal information. Although we have written letters to all those we have identified that may have been affected by the incident, we are providing this information on our website in case you were involved and did not receive the letter.  This posting is to provide those persons with information about the incident, steps taken since discovering the incident, and information on what you can do to better protect against the possibility of identity theft and fraud.

What Happened? On August 26, 2019, a laptop was stolen from an employee’s car. The laptop could only be accessed with a unique ID and secure password and the file was contained in a “Downloads” folder. The Affiliated Santé Group has not identified any misuse of personal information. We are notifying affected individuals in as timely a manner as possible so you can take personal action along with our Company's efforts to reduce or eliminate any potential harm.

What Information Was Involved? The personal information involved, depending on the person, may have included name, address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, employment status, health insurance information, emergency contact information, a case identification number, family information, physician information, health information, and case status information. No credit card or financial institution information was involved.

What We Are Doing. We take this incident and the security of your personal information very seriously. The Affiliated Santé Group has taken the following actions to prevent your personal information from further harm:
• Initiated a security investigation
• Updated security protocols

What You Can Do. We recommend immediate steps be taken to protect yourself from any potential information breach harm:
a) Register a fraud alert with the three credit bureaus listed here; and order credit reports:
• Experian: (888) 397-3742; www.experian.com; PO Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013;
• TransUnion: (800) 680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, PO Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790;
• Equifax: (800)525-6285; www.equifax.com; PO 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241;
b) Monitor account statements, EOBs, and credit bureau reports closely;
c) For Information to avoid identity theft: 
• Contact the Federal Trade Commission; www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/identity-theft;
• Contact the Maryland Office of the Attorney General; http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/IdentityTheft/

For More Information. You may confidentially contact us with questions and concerns in the following ways: calling our Corporate Compliance Office at our toll-free number (844) 510-3639 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; sending an e-mail message to compliance@santegroup.org; addressing a letter to our postal address, Melissa Quick, Corporate Compliance Officer, Affiliated Santé Group, 12200 Tech Road, Suite 330, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

We understand that this may pose an inconvenience to you. We sincerely apologize and regret that this situation has occurred. The Affiliated Santé Group is committed to providing quality care, including protecting your personal information, and we want to assure you that we have policies and procedures to protect your privacy.

 

SANTÉ GROUP OFFERS SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES

 

We are the first private organization in Prince George’s county to become licensed to provide outpatient substance abuse related services. We offer these important services in our Lanham office located at 4372 Lottsford Vista Road in Lanham, MD.

In addition to our extensive list of mental health related services, which we have provided to the community for nearly 40 years, we will now include individual counseling to clients whose issues may be related to sexual abuse, trauma, grief, and other sensitive concerns. Group counseling will cover substance related areas such as:

  • Addiction issues,

  • Sobriety,

  • Alcohol and Drug Education,

  • Triggers and Cravings,

  • Sex, Drugs and Alcohol,

  • Emotional well-being,

  • Stress Reduction,

  • Negative Emotions,

  • Anger and Communication, and

Relapse Prevention.

Psycho-education will be available with treatment for many of the topics listed above as well as HIV/AIDS, dental hygiene, insomnia, money management, and education and vocational development. In addition, clients may receive support services for psychiatric assessment, social and mental health and medication management.

For additional information, please contact Michelle Grigsby-Hackett, CPRP, LGPC at 301-298-2628, or via email at mgrigsby@santegroup.org.